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2022 Best Theological & Ministerial Studies Master's Degree Schools

152 Colleges in the United States
10,027 Master's Degrees
If you pursue a master's degree in theological and ministerial studies, you won't be alone. The field of study is the #21 most popular program in the country. So, there are lots of possibilities to explore when you're trying to determine where you want to get your degree.

For its 2022 ranking, College Factual looked at 152 schools in the United States to determine which ones were the best for theological and ministerial studies students pursuing a master's degree. Combined, these schools handed out 10,027 master's degrees in theological and ministerial studies to qualified students.

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Choosing a Great Theological & Ministerial Studies School for Your Master's Degree

Best Theological & Ministerial Studies Master's Degree Schools Your choice of theological and ministerial studies for getting your master's degree school matters. This section explores some of the factors we include in our ranking and how much they vary depending on the school you select. Below we explain some of the most important factors to consider before making your choice:

Overall Quality Is a Must

The overall quality of a master's degree school is important to ensure a good education, not just how well they do in a particular major. To take this into account we consider a school's overall Best Colleges for a Master's Degree ranking which itself looks at a host of various factors like degree completion, educational resources, student body caliber and post-graduation earnings for the school as a whole.

The vast majority of the schools on this list are in at least the top 22% of our overall quality ranking.

Overall Best Colleges Rank  ( 222 to 1 )
Lowest Ranked Overall
Top Ranked Overall

Graduates Earn More After College

One measure we use to determine the quality of a theological and ministerial studies school is to look at the average salary of master's graduates during the early years of their career. While master's degree recipients from schools in the United States earn an average starting salary of $41,970, the top 25 schools on this list made an average of $51,030.

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Other Factors We Consider

The metrics below are just some of the other metrics that we use to determine our rankings.

  • Major Focus - How many resources a school devotes to theological and ministerial studies students as compared to other majors.
  • Major Demand - How many other theological and ministerial studies students want to attend this school to pursue a master's degree.
  • Educational Resources - How many resources are allocated to students. These resources may include educational expenditures per student, number of students per instructor, and graduation rate among other things.
  • Student Debt - How easy is it for theological and ministerial studies to pay back their student loans after receiving their master's degree.
  • Accreditation - Whether a school is regionally accredited and/or accredited by a recognized theological and ministerial studies related body.

Our full ranking methodology documents in more detail how we consider these factors to identify the best schools for theological and ministerial studies students working on their master's degree.

More Ways to Rank Theological & Ministerial Studies Schools

Since picking the right college can be one of the most important decisions of your life, we've developed the Best Theological & Ministerial Studies Master's Degree Schools ranking, along with many other major-related rankings, to help you make that decision.

Best Schools for Master’s Students to Study Theological & Ministerial Studies in the United States

The following list ranks the best colleges and universities for pursuing a master's degree in theological and ministerial studies. Only those schools that rank in the top 15% of all the schools we analyze get awarded with a place on this list.

22 Top Schools for a Master's in Theology

#1

Concordia Seminary

Saint Louis, MO
79 Annual Graduates
$32,468 Median Student Debt

Concordia Seminary is a wonderful choice for students interested in a master's degree in theological and ministerial studies. Located in the suburb of Saint Louis, Concordia Seminary is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population.

A popular major for theological and ministerial studies students, there were approximately 79 individuals who completed this degree at Concordia Seminary in the most recent data year. Theological & Ministerial Studies master's degree recipients from Concordia Seminary get an earnings boost of about $37,230 above the average earnings of theological and ministerial studies majors.

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#2

Duke University

Durham, NC
140 Annual Graduates
$50,104 Median Student Debt

Duke University is a good decision for individuals pursuing a master's degree in theological and ministerial studies. Duke is a large private not-for-profit university located in the city of Durham. A Best Master's Degree Schools rank of #7 out of 1,305 schools nationwide means Duke is a great university overall.

There were roughly 140 theological and ministerial studies individuals who graduated with this degree at Duke in the most recent data year. Master's graduates who receive their degree from the theology program make about $37,500 in the first couple years of working.

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29 Annual Graduates
$31,000 Median Student Debt

Any student pursuing a degree in a master's degree in theological and ministerial studies has to check out Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago. Located in the city of Chicago, LSTC is a private not-for-profit school with a fairly small student population.

Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago is one of the most popular schools to study theology in the United States with roughly 29 graduates in the most recent data year. Theological & Ministerial Studies master's degree recipients from Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago receive an earnings boost of about $26,630 over the typical income of theological and ministerial studies graduates.

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#4

Yale University

New Haven, CT
114 Annual Graduates
$32,582 Median Student Debt

Yale University is one of the finest schools in the country for getting a master's degree in theological and ministerial studies. Yale is a fairly large private not-for-profit university located in the city of New Haven. A Best Master's Degree Schools rank of #8 out of 1,305 schools nationwide means Yale is a great university overall.

There were about 114 theological and ministerial studies individuals who graduated with this degree at Yale in the most recent data year. Soon after graduation, theology master's recipients typically make around $43,900 at the beginning of their careers.

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28 Annual Graduates

Located in the suburb of Wynnewood, Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary - Overbrook is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population.

Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary - Overbrook is one of the most popular schools to study theology in the United States with roughly 28 graduations in the most recent data year.

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#6

University of Notre Dame

Notre Dame, IN

Notre Dame is a large private not-for-profit university located in the large suburb of Notre Dame. A Best Master's Degree Schools rank of #13 out of 1,305 schools nationwide means Notre Dame is a great university overall.

There were roughly 68 theological and ministerial studies students who graduated with this degree at Notre Dame in the most recent data year. After graduating, theology master's recipients typically make about $36,600 in their early careers.

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#7

Harvard University

Cambridge, MA
115 Annual Graduates
$24,489 Median Student Debt

Located in the midsize city of Cambridge, Harvard is a private not-for-profit university with a fairly large student population. A Best Master's Degree Schools rank of #12 out of 1,305 colleges nationwide means Harvard is a great university overall.

There were approximately 115 theological and ministerial studies students who graduated with this degree at Harvard in the most recent year we have data available. Master's graduates who receive their degree from the theology program earn an average of $33,000 in their early career salary.

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#8

University of Chicago

Chicago, IL
59 Annual Graduates
$52,029 Median Student Debt

UChicago is a fairly large private not-for-profit university located in the city of Chicago. A Best Master's Degree Schools rank of #6 out of 1,305 schools nationwide means UChicago is a great university overall.

University of Chicago is a fairly popular university to study theology in the United States with about 59 graduates in the most recent data year. Students who graduate with their master's from the theology program state that they receive average early career income of $38,700.

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#9

Luther Seminary

Saint Paul, MN
80 Annual Graduates
$40,717 Median Student Debt

Luther Seminary is a fairly small private not-for-profit school located in the large city of Saint Paul.

There were roughly 80 theological and ministerial studies students who graduated with this degree at Luther Seminary in the most recent year we have data available. Those theological and ministerial studies students who get their master's degree from Luther Seminary earn $24,530 more than the average theology grad.

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#10

Bethel University Minnesota

Saint Paul, MN
47 Annual Graduates
$41,000 Median Student Debt

Bethel University Minnesota is a small private not-for-profit university located in the large suburb of Saint Paul. This university ranks 4th out of 25 schools for overall master's degree quality in the state of Minnesota.

There were roughly 47 theological and ministerial studies individuals who graduated with this degree at Bethel University Minnesota in the most recent year we have data available. Master's recipients from the theological and ministerial studies program at Bethel University Minnesota get $5,730 more than the standard graduate with the same degree shortly after graduation.

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286 Annual Graduates
$52,403 Median Student Debt

Fuller is a small private not-for-profit school located in the medium-sized city of Pasadena.

There were about 286 theological and ministerial studies individuals who graduated with this degree at Fuller in the most recent year we have data available.

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33 Annual Graduates
$106,374 Median Student Debt

Located in the city of New York, HUC - JIR is a private not-for-profit college with a fairly small student population.

With 33 individuals who completed this degree in the most recent data year, Hebrew Union College - Jewish Institute of Religion is one of the most popular colleges to study theology in the United States. Theological & Ministerial Studies master's degree recipients from Hebrew Union College - Jewish Institute of Religion get an earnings boost of approximately $54,630 above the average income of theological and ministerial studies majors.

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#13

Vanderbilt University

Nashville, TN
65 Annual Graduates
$40,174 Median Student Debt

Located in the large city of Nashville, Vanderbilt is a private not-for-profit university with a fairly large student population. A Best Master's Degree Schools rank of #34 out of 1,305 colleges nationwide means Vanderbilt is a great university overall.

There were approximately 65 theological and ministerial studies individuals who graduated with this degree at Vanderbilt in the most recent data year. Master's graduates who receive their degree from the theology program earn about $34,000 for their early career.

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#14

Boston College

Chestnut Hill, MA
77 Annual Graduates
$36,050 Median Student Debt

Located in the city of Chestnut Hill, Boston College is a private not-for-profit college with a fairly large student population. This college ranks 7th out of 49 colleges for overall master's degree quality in the state of Massachusetts.

Boston College is a fairly popular college to study theology in the United States with approximately 77 graduations in the most recent year we have data available. After graduation, theology master's recipients typically make an average of $42,800 in their early careers.

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#15

Emory University

Atlanta, GA
97 Annual Graduates
$55,385 Median Student Debt

Emory is a fairly large private not-for-profit university located in the city of Atlanta. This university ranks 2nd out of 35 schools for overall master's degree quality in the state of Georgia.

There were about 97 theological and ministerial studies individuals who graduated with this degree at Emory in the most recent year we have data available. After graduating, theology master's recipients typically earn an average of $41,500 in the first five years of their career.

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#16

Santa Clara University

Santa Clara, CA
30 Annual Graduates

SCU is a medium-sized private not-for-profit university located in the city of Santa Clara. This university ranks 9th out of 96 colleges for overall master's degree quality in the state of California.

Santa Clara University is one of the most popular universities to study theology in the United States with approximately 30 graduates in the most recent data year.

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39 Annual Graduates
$56,401 Median Student Debt

Located in the large city of Fort Wayne, Concordia Theological Seminary is a private not-for-profit school with a fairly small student population.

Concordia Theological Seminary is one of the most popular schools to study theology in the United States with about 39 graduations in the most recent data year. Those theological and ministerial studies students who get their master's degree from Concordia Theological Seminary receive $34,630 more than the standard theology graduate.

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158 Annual Graduates
$29,150 Median Student Debt

Located in the city of Dallas, DTS Dallas is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population.

There were about 158 theological and ministerial studies individuals who graduated with this degree at DTS Dallas in the most recent data year. After graduation, theology master's recipients usually make around $35,900 at the beginning of their careers.

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211 Annual Graduates
$30,250 Median Student Debt

Gordon - Conwell Seminary is a small private not-for-profit school located in the suburb of South Hamilton.

There were roughly 211 theological and ministerial studies students who graduated with this degree at Gordon - Conwell Seminary in the most recent year we have data available. Students who graduate with their master's from the theology program report average early career income of $34,700.

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34 Annual Graduates
$24,500 Median Student Debt

Located in the city of Dubuque, Wartburg Seminary is a private not-for-profit school with a fairly small student population.

There were approximately 34 theological and ministerial studies individuals who graduated with this degree at Wartburg Seminary in the most recent data year. Theological & Ministerial Studies master's degree recipients from Wartburg Theological Seminary earn a boost of approximately $28,030 above the typical income of theological and ministerial studies majors.

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#21

Brite Divinity School

Fort Worth, TX
36 Annual Graduates
$61,500 Median Student Debt

Brite Divinity is a small private not-for-profit school located in the city of Fort Worth.

Brite Divinity School is a fairly popular school to study theology in the United States with approximately 36 graduates in the most recent data year. Theological & Ministerial Studies master's degree recipients from Brite Divinity School earn a boost of approximately $4,630 above the average income of theological and ministerial studies majors.

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#22

American Jewish University

Los Angeles, CA
7 Annual Graduates

AJU is a small private not-for-profit university located in the city of Los Angeles. This university ranks 23rd out of 96 colleges for overall master's degree quality in the state of California.

American Jewish University is one of the most popular universities to study theology in the United States with approximately 7 graduations in the most recent data year.

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Rest of the Top Best Theological & Ministerial Studies Master's Degree Schools

Honorable Mentions

Here are some additional great schools for Theological & Ministerial Studies students that almost earned our Best Theological & Ministerial Studies Master's Degree Schools award.

Rank College Location
25 Trevecca Nazarene University Nashville, TN
26 Southern Methodist University Dallas, TX
27 Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary Kansas City, MO
28 Saint Johns University Collegeville, MN
29 Boston University Boston, MA
30 Harding University Searcy, AR
23 Garrett - Evangelical Theological Seminary Evanston, IL
24 Asbury Theological Seminary Wilmore, KY
25 Trevecca Nazarene University Nashville, TN

Theological & Ministerial Studies by Region

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Region
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New England
Rocky Mountains
Plains States
Middle Atlantic
Far Western US
Southwest
Great Lakes

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One of 7 majors within the Theology & Religious Vocations area of study, Theological & Ministerial Studies has other similar majors worth exploring.

Theology Concentrations

Major Annual Graduates
Divinity/Ministry 5,372
Theology 3,700
Other Theological & Ministerial Studies 822
Rabbinical Studies 97
Pre-Theology/Pre-Ministerial Studies 36

Majors Similar to Theology

Related Major Annual Graduates
Pastoral Counseling & Specialized Ministries 1,068
Biblical Studies 774
Theology & Religious Vocations (Other) 579
Religious Education 506
Missionary Studies 332
Sacred Music 123
Religious Institution Administration and Law 18

Notes and References

  • The bars on the spread charts above show the distribution of the schools on this list +/- one standard deviation from the mean.
  • The Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), a branch of the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) serves as the core of the rest of our data about colleges.
  • Some other college data, including much of the graduate earnings data, comes from the U.S. Department of Education’s (College Scorecard).
  • Credit for the banner image above goes to Jonund. More about our data sources and methodologies.

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